Greener driving

Greener Driving

While we are working hard to promote other modes of transport, for those who need to drive we are keen to promote greener driving to reduce congestion and emissions and make our streets healthier, more enjoyable places to be. 

Car share 

Share the cost of your journey with others and help reduce congestion and pollution. If half of UK motorists received a lift one day a week, congestion and pollution would be reduced by ten per cent and traffic jams by 20 per cent. More information is available from the Liftshare website.

Car clubs

Car clubs are schemes that allow you to 'pay as you go' for your car use and use a car when you really need it, without the cost or hassle of owning one, freeing up valuable kerb space for other uses. Zipcar is our car club partner and provides all the on-street car club bays within the borough. More information is available from the Zipcar website.

Electric vehicles (EVs)

EVs help to improve air quality as they have no tailpipe emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulates. Due to concerns over climate change and our health, the government intends to ban the sale of new non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Charging EVs

In general there are three types of charging points, based on the power output and charging time:

  • Slow chargers (up to 3kW) are best for overnight charging and usually take between 6 and 12 hours to charge.
  • Fast chargers cover those with 7kW and 22kW power outputs, which typically charge an electric vehicle in 3-4 hours.
  • Rapid chargers typically charge an electric vehicle to 80% in around 30 minutes.

Where can I charge my electric vehicle?

Electric chargers are available throughout the borough and increasingly being installed at new sites across the UK on private land and on local authority and TfL land. For details of your nearest charging point see the Zap Map website. There are currently 13 charging points located on Kingston roads and in its off-street carparks. 

Locations and number of chargers:

  • Bittoms Car Park - 1 charger (Slow)
  • Blagdon Car Park- 3 (Slow)
  • Cattle Market Car Park- 1 (Slow)
  • Rose Car Park- 2 (Slow)
  • Fairfield Road - 1 (Fast)
  • St Marks Hill - 1 (Fast)
  • Hook Centre Car Park - 1 (Fast)
  • Claremont Road - 1 (Slow)
  • Bridge Road - 1 (Fast)
  • Hook Road - 1 (Rapid)

The council is looking to extend this to at least 100 charging points over the next 3 years. Our Electric Vehicle Charging Policy and Action Plan, aims to encourage a shift from more polluting vehicles to electric vehicle (EV) ownership by developing the infrastructure to support EV charging in locations across the borough.

Grants for residents and businesses

To find out more about electric vehicles and grants for charging points in homes and workplaces, visit the Office for Low Emission Vehicles website.

If you have a location where you would like to see a charging point installed, please visit Power My Street to log your request. All requests will be reviewed in due course.

If you have any queries relating to the Council's electric vehicle plans or policy please email the sustainable transport team.